Cut and Sew: Which Factory is Best for Manufacturing your Products?
Maybe you’re a cutting-edge designer, ready to show the world your creative talent. Perhaps you have a great mass merchandising idea that you are ready to produce. Whatever the situation regarding your cut and sew product, when you’re ready to manufacture it, you’ll need to find the best factory for the job. ‘That’s easy’, you might be thinking. ‘I just need to find the lowest-cost manufacturer.’ But in reality, there are myriad other considerations in the production process.
First off, you’ll have to decide what role the factory will take in making your products. Will they be managing the entire process, or will they be just handling a portion of it? Other questions to ask concerning the factory’s role include:
- Will the factory create a sample based on your sketches or designs?
- Will you provide the materials for the item(s) you want made or will that be the responsibility of the factory to source?
- Will the entire item(s) be assembled at the factory or will any pre-processing be performed elsewhere?
- Do your products need to be hand-made or can some or all of the process be automated?
- Where will the items be sent upon completion: a 3PL, a dedicated warehouse or direct to retailers?
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